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Canon optura 30 not ejecting tape

I have a canon optura 30. the tape will not eject. when i open the door, the tape rises up as it does when it gets ready to eject, but before it ejects it stalls out and then goes back down again. i replaced the battery with a new one. i have tried ejecting the tape with battery power as well as with the camera plugged into the charger

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  • neonchrome Jan 10, 2009

    i can't see if the tape is clean as it won't eject at all.

  • neonchrome Mar 29, 2009

    i managed to get it to rewind all the way, but still no luck. the mechanism begins to eject but stalls out before pushing out the tape.

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You have to to rewind them all the way. If you rewind them fully they eject If not, they stick.
Hopefully it will eject

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Hi!
My guess is that the tape got wrapped around the capstan shaft so it can't be pulled back into the cassette so that it can be ejected. You will have to disassemble part of the camcorder and manually unwind the tape from around the shaft. Before working on it have a well lit work surface and use some good small tools.

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    Rylee Smith Jan 10, 2009

    Hi!

    My guess is that the tape got wrapped around the capstan shaft so it can't be pulled back into the cassette so that it can be ejected. You will have to disassemble part of the camcorder and manually unwind the tape from around the shaft. Before working on it have a well lit work surface and use some good small tools.



    Thanks

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    Rylee Smith Jan 10, 2009

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    If its happening too often then might be a sign that the slip clutch on the take-up spool is slipping to soon i.e the clutch slips before it can eject the tape out maybe due to a foreign object or tape label came loose and is stuck inside.

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    Rylee Smith Jan 10, 2009

    Try to FF and RW the tapes so that if they are stuck tape would lossen up and come out.

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Ensure that the cassette is "squeaky clean" before placing it in the camera. Even almost invisble specks of fluff will jam the whole eject mechanism.

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